Hometown Senior Living Management Team

To ensure a consistently high standard of quality care for our residents, Hometown Senior Living employs Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) and trained caregivers as our direct care staff. In addition to this certification, our Resident Assistants receive initial and continuing training and education in core assisted living competency subjects. Our Resident Assistants also receive specialized training in memory care, challenging behaviors, and hospice care.

Resident Assistants at Hometown Senior Living are the heart and soul of our company. They are the direct care providers who ensure the safety, well-being and overall care for your loved ones.

Mary Hendricks
Founder, President & CEO
Mary’s health care career began as a Certified Nursing Assistant providing direct care for seniors in their home through an agency and later as a Resident Assistant in an assisted living setting. Through her many years of experience and dedication, she was promoted into several management roles in residential care settings such as; Assistant Manager, Residence Director, Executive Director, Regional Memory Care Specialist, and Marketing Director. Mary’s hands-on experience & passion for providing quality senior care assures a strong foundation of knowledge and leadership within our company. In addition to her executive responsibilities, as the Founder of Hometown Senior Living; Mary’s primary role is customer and community relations. Additionally, she leads the Operations Department, guiding her team towards our mission.

Greg Hendricks
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Greg is responsible for developing and setting the overall financial strategy and direction of the company. He also leads and oversees all accounting, legal, and information technology aspects of the company. In addition, leads the company’s strategic business growth and development opportunities. Greg has a passion for ensuring the company’s financial health and long-term stability by being responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us. His experience includes a wealth of finance, business development, real estate, and legal work. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from Cornerstone University.

Maggie Valen
Director of Operations

Amanda Rowles
RN Case Manager/Nursing Dept. Supervisor
Amanda’s health care career began as a Personal Support Staff in 2007. There, she worked with verbal and non-verbal adults and children with cognitive, physical, and functional disabilities. She obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant Certification in 2008, working for eleven years as an aid. As a CNA, she was an In-Home Care Manager. In addition, she cared and advocated for a variety of complex patients in the float pool, visiting different facilities around the Twin Cities area. Amanda graduated from nursing school in 2019 from Metropolitan State University with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Advancing her education, she now holds a Bachelor in Science of Nursing Degree (2020). As a nurse, Amanda has worked with pediatrics and geriatrics while specializing in respiratory (ventilator) support. Amanda joins the Hometown Nursing Team to primarily train, educate, and inspire our direct care staff. She is a hands-on trainer and is excited to equip staff to care for our residents well. She works closely with the RN Case Manager to stay up to date on the needs of our residents and provide nursing support.

Kayla Ruddle
PT Casual RN
Kayla has always had a passion to be a nurse since she was a young girl in grade school. She loved helping others and caring for her grandparents in any way she could as a girl. Kayla has always been drawn to anything medical and decided to pursue health care by obtaining her CNA license in 2017. Kayla found her lifelong passion while working as a CNA in memory care. This confirmed her interests and led her to work toward becoming a nurse as she had always dreamed. Kayla started nursing school at Inver Hills Community College & graduated with her Associate’s Degree in nursing, May 2019. At this time, Kayla worked at a skilled nursing facility. While working as an RN in a nursing home after graduating, Kayla went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at Metropolitan State University. She wanted to apply her healthcare experience & higher education by working at Hometown Senior Living. Nursing is her true passion she feels blessed that her dreams became her reality. We are excited to have her on the Hometown Team!

Marilee DeMars
Finance Administrative Assistant and Benevolence Fund Liason
Marilee comes to us with a background in banking and small business finance. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in regard to bookkeeping, payroll, banking, reconciliation, audits, and administrative support. Her skills in this area are highly valued, but her integrity and passion for her job is a true asset to our admin team. She loves people and loves numbers – so she feels she hit the jackpot with this job! When asked what she likes about working for Hometown she said “This company has a mission statement that includes the line, “Hometown Senior Living ultimately exists to honor and glorify God by providing loving care to those whom He has created and entrusted to us.” And Hometown Senior Living fulfills this pledge – both to the residents and to the employees!”Marilee also serves as the Benevolence Fund Liason. The Benevolence Fund exists to come alongside employees during times of hardship with resources to support and relieve stress from circumstances beyond their control. If you would like more info regarding the Fund, please email Marilee at mdemars@hometownseniorliving.com

Lee Anne Graetz
Director of Operations

Cheyanne Schmitt
HR Manager
Cheyanne has worked for Hometown Senior Living for almost 4 years and was promoted to the Activities Coordinator position in 2019. She has worked as a caregiver and a Home Manager at two of our locations and has done a wonderful job at both. Cheyanne sites that Hometown’s mission statement is similar to her own personal mission and strives to provide quality and compassionate care to our residents. She values the senior population and is inspired by hearing their life stories. From a young age, she has been exposed to a variety of generations. When she was just 3 years old, her family was visiting a nursing home. Cheyanne walked up to a woman to comfort her, rubbed her arm, and said, “It’s OK, I’m here now,” and her passion for comfort has never waned. She feels that senior care is her destiny. She is drawn to work with Hometown Senior Living because of the opportunity to get to know the seniors! Her responsibility as the Activity Coordinator puts her in a unique role to get to know the residents on a personal level and enrich their lives with activities that they personally enjoy. She likes being able to show staff how to have fun at work by serving seniors well. Check out our Facebook page to see the latest on what Cheyanne has been doing with the residents!

Elizabeth Hendricks
Finance Executive
Elizabeth has 15 years of experience in the day-to-day financial management of small to mid-size companies. She has extensive training in financial management software and financial compliance. She is responsible for all daily aspects of finance at Hometown including Billing Services, payroll administration, daily budgeting, and benefits administration. Her prior experience also includes Director of Operations in a staging company and she uses this experience and the training received therein to manage the aesthetic environment of the Hometown Senior Living homes. She is drawn to enriching the experience of the employee group at Hometown and is therefore driven in engaging employees via benefits that can be used to improve lives and reach goals.

Laurie Gunter
Executive Administrative Assistant
Laurie Gunter is an invaluable part of our administrative team, providing administrative support to Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, and Finance. The 2018 recipient of the Hometown Mission and Values Award – Laurie has displayed a steadfastness in belief and support of the Hometown Mission Statement. Her background includes many facets of the long-term care industry including caregiving, management, scheduling, human resources, licensing, and training to name just a few. Laurie spent a lot of time with her great-grandmothers while she was growing up and this inspired a passion for senior care in her life. She began working as a CNA when she was young and enjoys providing specialized care through getting to know the people for which she cares. Laurie has been in the long-term care industry for 30 plus years and says “I feel that Hometown really cares about the residents, families, and their employees more than any other company I have worked for. I am grateful to have found and work for Hometown Senior Living.”

Butch Hendricks
Asset Manager
Butch has 40 years of building maintenance and asset experience and is trained, and certified where applicable, in both major and minor home systems. He is passionate about senior care and loves to listen to their life experiences. He deeply cares about the safety and well-being of our residents and is motivated by that to ensure their environment is suited to their needs and comforts. Butch is a 2020 recipient of the Hometown Mission and Values Award.

Lora Cobb
Assistant Asset Manager
Lora has worked in the customer service industry for 25+ years. She started with Hometown part-time, helping to care for the summer flowers and cleaning offices. She now works FT in an asset management position and is responsible for the care and maintenance of our homes. After many changes in her life, she felt led to make a change after working in a biblical counseling ministry in her church. An opportunity arose for a full-time position in asset management and she felt that was a great fit! She enjoys interacting with the residents while she is caring for the homes. Lora says “I have a servant’s heart, and I love to invest time in people! My most memorable day was singing to a resident who was near the end of her life and I can’t even sing. I am pleased that I can share my faith openly. This is so much more than a job to me.” Lora’s heart for people makes her a great team member and we are honored that she has partnered with us in pursuit of our mission. Lora is a 2020 recipient of the Hometown Mission and Values Award.

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